[Taxacom] Proofs for opinion
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jan 8 14:15:52 CST 2015
I have (in the recent past) discussed this issue with Commissioner Zhang, and his views are "interesting", to say the least! According to him, a publication merely has to state a date of publication (in the work itself), in order to be Code compliant. That date may be (1) incomplete (e.g. just the year); and/or (2) incorrect! So, according to Zhang, there is no requirement that the actual date of publication be cited in the work itself, just any old date will do!
On Fri, 9/1/15, Laurent Raty <l.raty at skynet.be> wrote:
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Proofs for opinion
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Received: Friday, 9 January, 2015, 2:45 AM
On 01/08/2015 09:44 AM,
Richard Pyle wrote:
> 1. June 1 2014: A
journal exposes a PDF for a work containing the description
of a new animal species name online as an "early
view". It does not contain a ZooBank registration for
the work, and the work has not yet been registered in
> 2. June 5 2014: The work is
registered in ZooBank, but the ZooBank registration does not
include an ISSN or indication of an online archive. The
publication date in ZooBank is entered as
> 3. June 10 2014: The
ZooBank record is updated to include an ISSN number for the
> 4. June 15 2014: A revised
version of the PDF, which includes the ZooBank registration
number, is posted online. It declares the publication date
(within the PDF) to be June 16 2014.
June 20 2014: The ZooBank record is updated to include the
intended archive for the work.
> 6. June
25 2014: The publication date entered in ZooBank record is
updated as June 22 2014.
> 7. June 30
2014: Numerous identical copies of a paper-printed edition
of the work are obtainable.
> 8. January
5 2015: The publisher uploads a copy of the PDF to the
So.... what is the date of publication (in the sense of the
ICZN Code, for purposes of priority)?
Works issued and distributed electronically. To be
published, a work issued and
distributed electronically must [...]
state the date of publication in the work itself,"
"date of publication, n.
Of a work (and of a contained
name and nomenclatural act): the date
which copies of the work become available by purchase or
"89.1. Meanings of words
and expressions. In interpreting the Code, the
meaning attributed in the Glossary to a word or
expression is to be
taken as its meaning
for the purposes of the Code."
The "date of publication" can only be
June 16, because this is the date
stated in the work. If there is evidence that the work did
"become available by purchase or
free distribution" on June 16, the work
does not "state the date of
publication" (in the sense of the Glossary)
"in the work itself". Thus the work
is not "to be considered published".
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